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Houghton County Hears Update on Search for Prosecutor

Houghton County Judge Britney Bulleit hopes to appoint a new county prosecutor in the coming weeks. Judge Bulliet updated the county commission and asked for an action item regarding the prosecutor’s office to be tabled.

And I’d ask that any ruling or motion by the board be tabled, until after I appoint a prosecutor. Because right now the position that I’m in, I’m interviewing these people and having to tell them there’s a flux in pay, how many people could be in the office. So I can’t offer them the position in the same way that I can if tell them. These are things the board can address with you once are there. And that person can then come to you whoever they are. So I would just ask that any motions be tabled.” – Honorable Britney Bulleit, Houghton County 12th Circuit Court

She plans to hold interviews for the prosecutor’s office over the next week. The commission tabled action for the prosecuting attorney’s office.

Executive Director of the Copper Country Mental Health, Mike Bach, visited the county commission to provide an annual update. Copper Country Mental Health continues to provide mental health services for the western Upper Peninsula’s counties including Baraga, Gogebic, Houghton, Keweenaw, and Ontonagon.

Mike is also interested in looking at helping us with some of the funding for the transports. I appreciate that. And you don’t know this, Sheriff Saaranen, I met with Commander Wikstrom of the Calumet Post too. He’s also interested in doing transports in the blue cars, which is a huge thing for us.” Ben Larsen, County Administrator, Houghton County

Copper County Mental Health is working with the county and Michigan state police to have both agencies shoulder some of the mental health transports taken downstate. The county currently spends approximately 3,000 dollars per transport if headed down state. Copper Country Mental Health does prioritize sending patients to Marquette before across the Mackinaw Bridge when transportation is necessary.

Houghton County will purchase a new pickup truck for the building department. The department needs a new vehicle, and the new Silverado pickup truck will likely be used in multiple capacities. The county will spend 53 thousand dollars on a Chevy Silverado 1500 crew cab pickup truck from Kewenaw Chevy.

Houghton County did support a resolution for the formation of a Snowbelt Transit Commission between Goegebic and Ontonagon counties. Houghton Count will not join the commission at this time but may look into it at a later date.

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